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Re:[teacherartexchange] teachers as artists

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From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 14 2006 - 22:44:04 PDT


I think it is good that you have had the time to do
both. Did family ever take you away from your art
work?
Susan in Ohio

--- Jerry Vilenski <jvilenski@yahoo.com> wrote:

> Well, once again, someone has touched a nerve among
> some of us regarding the artist/teacher debate. I
> have been a professional art educator for over 33
> years now, and during that time, have maintained a
> parallel career as a professional level artist. I
> have actively sold my work in galleries, had several
> one-person shows, and have made a fair amount of
> money
> from my work over the years. I have recently opened
> a
> commercial website to sell my work. I have found
> that
> being a fine artist is an essential part of my work
> as
> an educator. It keeps me in touch with the creative
> process, models the value of a practical application
> of art skills, and increases my stature among
> peers,students and the community. I have worked
> with
> many other art teachers who haven't practiced their
> original disciplines since they graduated from
> college, and, in my opinion, it has diminished their
> effectiveness as teachers. Why? Because they seem
> to
> have lost empathy and sympathy for the trails and
> tribulations of creating art, and the considerable
> practice and discipline involved in the creative
> process. Having an in-depth understanding of both
> the
> process and the product of visual art should be a
> major part of every art educator. I am an good art
> teacher because I am an artist,not in spite of it.
>
> Vigilance, Jerry
>
> Check out my website: www.artguyvilenski.com
>
>
>
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